2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard: Tiger Woods birdies first 2 holes

Sam Greenwood

Tiger Woods is off to another good start at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Tiger Woods birdied his first two holes in the third round of the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday. The solid start moved him to 15-under, seven strokes ahead of second-place Chris Wood.

Woods sunk a 15-foot put to start his day on the first hole and nearly eagled the second, sending a 40-foot put just to the right of the cup before putting for birdie. The open at Firestone provides chances for red numbers right off the bat, and Tiger has pounced the past two days. The second hole is just one of two par-5s on the South Course, and anything less than a birdie there would disappoint the No. 1 player in the world.

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are playing well on Saturday after scuffling a bit through the first two rounds. McIlroy is 2-under through nine holes and Mickelson is 3-under through 11. Both golfers are still well off the pace that Woods has established, however.

Jason Dufner opened Saturday's round by going 4-under, but a double bogey on No. 5 dropped him to 2-under for the round and 6-under for the tournament.

The updated top 10 is included below:

Pos. Name Overall Hole Round 3
1 Tiger Woods -15 3 -2
2 Chris Wood -8 3 -2
T3 Bill Haas -7 4 -2
T3 Keegan Bradley -7 3 -1
T5 Luke Donald -6 5 -2
T5 Jason Dufner -6 5 -2
T7 Bubba Watson -5 5 -1
T7 Henrik Stenson -5 4 E
T9 Kiradech Aphibarnrat -4 6 -1
T9 John Merrick -4 6 -2

You can follow the full leaderboard here.

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